Thursday, August 29, 2013
I'll be starting this one again September 1st. I know AKAShelly and CBaileyC are both in for it as well. It is a toughy, and last time I attempted it, I stopped after day 15, even with adapting it for more rest days. It will be interesting to see how far I can get this time.
Here is a link to a full size JPG of the calendar. Feel free to copy it.
Monday, August 19, 2013
This weekend's challenge includes posting a blog about how I have weathered the ups and downs of weight loss/learning to live healthy again.
Very much like the trip through the Inside Passage this past Friday, I've had my ups, I've had my downs, I've allowed myself to blow off course, I've had a headwind (my own head) that has held me back. The past year or more, I've been pretty stagnant. and I know it's all about what's going on in my own head...as my running coach says, the longest distance in any race is the 12 inches between your ears. I've allowed that 12 inches to definitely get in my way.
previously, I actually made it to my weight goal, as well as my fitness goal. At one point in this fabulous journey, I was actually down to 125 lbs, and had a body fat measurement of 20%. then the head got in the way, and I've struggled ever since. But...that is the salient point...I've continued on. even if I've frustrated myself, even if I've sabotaged myself, I've continued on.
today, after a full 7 days of rest, relaxation, fun, and family time; myhead appears to be in a better place. Will it stay there? possibly...if it doesn't, will I have a plan in place? Yep...not sure what it shall be yet, but a ghost of a plan is floating around my brainpan, and my ears are in tune to listen. the niggling memory of my old trainer, who helped me achieve that 20% body fat, is making itsself heard. as is the reminder I receive at least once a month that my old gym "wants me back".
As usual, this blog has been a stream of consciousness blat; not much about how I weathered the past, but more about my thinking, and accepting, that I need to weather the future.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Welcome to Vancouver, the 4th largest city in the state of Washington! You have made it almost the entire way across the country to come visit my home town. I hope you enjoy your visit to the “Original Vancouver”. It is the oldest permanent non-native settlement in Pacific Northwest.
One of the favorite sayings about my city:
Vancouver not B.C.
Washington not D.C
Clark County not Nevada
Near Portland, Or. not Maine”
Vancouver is located on the North side of the Columbia River. We are considered a Suburb of Portland Oregon, but Vancouver has been in existence much longer. The first Europeans landed here in 1775, and Lewis and Clark camped here in 1806. Merriweather Lewis said the “area was "the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains." The first permanent European settlement did not occur until 1824, when Fort Vancouver was established as a fur trading post of the Hudson's Bay Company. From that time on, the area was settled by both the US and Britain under a "joint occupation" agreement. “ (wikipedia)
Here is a sketch of what the Fort originally looked like in 1845
And what the rebuilt Fort Vancouver Historical Site looks like today.
Shall we plan to come back to the Fort tonight, for one of the Lantern Tours?
For now, let's head north to the more modern part of the National Historical Site...to Officer's Row. Many famous military personnel have lived here over the years.
Notable soldiers who served at Vancouver Barracks:
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
Gen. George McClellan
Gen. Philip Sheridan
Gen. O.O. Howard
Gen. George C. Marshall
This is the George C. Marshall house.
This is the Ulysses S Grant House where we can relax and have lunch. General Grant never actually lived in the house. It is the oldest of all the houses on Officer's Row, build in 1853.
There are many more military houses from the late 1800's along officers row, most are now private homes and offices. The Grant house is now a restaurant and the Marshall house is used for weddings and events.
Now let's head on down to the river...we can walk over the highway via the Land Bridge.
Our Land Bridge is quite famous! It was designed by Maya Lin, the same woman who designed the Vietnan Memorial in Washington DC.
As we cross over the bridge, we will stop at three Overlooks. the first is the Village Overlook. You will see the word People, and all the Native American words for People that were used by the tribes along the Columbia.
Next we come to the Prairie Overlook
Next is the River Overlook
Along this portion of the Land Bridge you will learn about "Vancouver", with pictures from the time of the Hudson Bay Company, up to the Kaiser Shipyards of WWII.
As we leave the Land Bridge, we will pass under the Portal, which honors the Native peoples of the Columbia.
Over to your right is Old Apple Tree Park. The tree was planted in 1826, and is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest. It is considered to be the Matriarch of Washington's apple industry.
Now, let's go for a walk along the Mightly Columbia River! At this point, the river is over a mile wide! The Renaissance Trail will take us to downtown.
In this last photo we are looking at the Interstate 5 bridge. The portion of the bridge closest to us was opened in 1917, the span to the west was built in 1958. This is one of two bridges that link Vancouver with Portland. This pair of bridges handle over 150,000 vehicles a day!
Esther Short Park is the beginning of the waterfront trail, and our city's cultural hub.
The park was established in 1853, and is the oldest public park in the state of Washington. This sculpture stands at the north entrance to the park in honor of Esther and her 10 children. It is called The Pioneer Mother.
This is also where our Farmer's Market is held every Saturday and Sunday from Early April through October.
Well, this is only a small portion of my home town...I hope you have enjoyed your visit! I leave you with a few more notable items about Vancouver WA!
One of the oldest continuously operated airports in the country (Pearson Field, 1905-present)
World’s largest spruce lumber mill for airplane construction during World War I
Pearson Field, landing site of first transpolar flight (Soviet, 1937)
Major shipbuilding center during World War II
Vancouver honored with "All-America City" distinction (1957 and 1987)
Sunday, May 19, 2013
One year ago I ran the Inaugural Rock n' Roll Portland Half Marathon. Actually, I ran, walked, stumbled, slogged the whole thing, and it is pretty amazing that I forced myself across the finish line. I had planned out all the places on the route where I could drop out and get to my BF at that time's apartment. I had 3 places where I knew I could quit if I couldn't run it all. By the time I finished, I was in tears, my posterior tibial tendon was screaming at me loud enough to make me think I had done some serious damage, and my friend Kate hauled me to the medics who wrapped my ankle in ice packs. My finish time was actually a not too shabby 3:07:03, considering the pain I was in for the final 5 miles!
Fast forward one year.
It's been a year, quite a year! I ran my fastest 5k time ever in January. Within a week of that, I was sitting in an orthopedic's office waiting to hear how much damage I'd done to myself...this time though it was my arm. I'd run in a night time fun run, and found the one dip in the road...and fractured my elbow attempting to break my fall. My next 8 weeks of Marathon training was done with the walking group. When I was finally able to go out without a 2.5 lb splint on my arm in late March, I began attempting a run/walk with the training group, and slowly ran my mid week short runs, SLOWLY.
Mostly on the trails.
Because it's easier on my legs, and I HAVE to run slowly.
Amazingly, I've managed to do more running than walking on my long Sunday runs with the group, and ran almost all of our 18 miler, even though it was beastly hot! Anything over 70 degrees counts for beastly around here.
When the opportunity arose to purchase a bib from a woman who wasn't going to run it (shhh...don't tell Rock n' Roll), I figured I would take it; if only to see how I could do in an actual competitive group setting.
The woman I purchased the bib from was expecting to finish in less than 2 hours. I doubt I'll ever be able to accomplish that! Anyway, her bib had her in Corral 6. I knew if I started there, I'd have several thousand angry runners being forced to work their way around me. There are always corral jumpers in races, those people who put themselves in a pace group they have no right to be in...I wasn't going to be one of them.
I started looking for the pacers with their red lizards (it's a flag in the shape of a lizard, red of course, with the pace runner's expected finish time). I found the 2:45 pacer, never saw a 3:00 pacer, so placed myself 2 corrals back from the 2:45, hoping I could keep up.
20 minutes after the gun, corral 17 finally crossed the starting mat, and I kept the pace for the first 4 miles. I am sure I pushed myself a bit too hard on the first two, my splits were 11:37 and 11:53, but I felt good. Not sure when exactly I passed the Red Lizard, but I never saw her again.
Around mile 4 I saw a friend from last years training group, and I did a run-walk with her. She runs much faster than I, but with a 4 minute run and a 2 minute walk, I kept up just fine. when we reached the hilly portion of Hawthorne Blvd, 596 foot gain over that mile, I left her behind as I've found I have to run up the hills, walking just slows me down too much and doesn't help me recover from the hills any better.
Between mile 10 and 11 I finally allowed myself to glance at my garmin to see where I was, and I realized that even if I walked the rest of the race, I would come in under 3 hours. When L asked me how long I expected it to take, I told him I was hoping for between 2 and 3/4 hours, and 3...but as long as I finished in under 3 hours, I'd be happy.
Over mile's 11 and 12, we had more hills to deal with, right when I was beginning to feel the rise in the temp. I was wondering if I'd pushed myself too hard, but still ran up all three of the short hills, then allowed myself a short walk break on the Steel Bridge. From the Bridge to the 13 mile marker I kept a steady 12-12:20 pace, and the last .15 to the finish I had enough left in me to push it up to a 10:45 pace! Shocking (thrilling) for the little amount of running I've been doing and how slow it has been.
My fastest Half Marathon previous to today was 2:49:57 way back in 2009. My next fastest was 2:58:29 in 2010. It has all been downhill from there...until today. Official ( I believe) finish time 2:43:10!!! I was hopeful and would have been perfectly happy with between 2:53 and 3, but instead I did even better than what I'd told my BF would be my best finish time for the day.
This makes me feel a whole lot better over the idea of running my Marathon next month! But first, next week's 20 miler.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
the Silver Spies are having a scavenger hunt, Sea Shells and Sea Horses. I found the shells right in my own bedroom, but could find nary a Sea Horse.
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